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Financial Assistance

The December 1st deadline date for internet submission of applications by students wishing to be considered for fellowships pertains to campus awards (for entering doctoral students only), opportunity awards, and those awards administered by the Group in Biostatistics. All applicants who meet the deadline date will be considered for fellowships, and for teaching and research appointments.
Information on other sources of financial aid such as loans are available through the Office of Financial Aid. The main application for financial aid is the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and students should be aware of deadlines for initial submission and renewal. It is important that a renewal of the FAFSA be submitted each year regardless of the type of financial support an individual hopes to receive.
See information on financial support provided by the Graduate Division which covers topics such as extramural fellowships, academic appointments, the Graduate Opportunity Program, and financial assistance for international students.
The types of financial awards and assistance which are available through the Group in Biostatistics are outlined below. All successful applicants are considered for an award regardless of degree goal.

Biostatistics Block Grant Fellowships

Block Grant Fellowships are merit-based awards intended to honor students of high academic calibre. A limited number of awards are made to students with outstanding scholarship and typically cover tuition and/or fees.

Graduate Student Researchers

Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) must be registered graduate students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.1. Positions funded by faculty research grants occasionally become available for students in Biostatistics (both here at UCB and on the San Francisco campus). The more background a student has in Biostatistics, the better the chances a position can be found.

Graduate Student Instructors

Since teaching is often a vital part of a career in Biostatistics, students are encouraged to take advantage of any opportunity to serve as a Graduate Student Instructor. Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) serve an apprenticeship under the tutelage and supervision of a faculty member. Each GSI must maintain a grade point average above 3.1.
Note that Biostatistics students often are employed as GSIs in the Department of Statistics; apply directly to Statistics to be considered for such appointments.
The duties of a GSI include...
  • Preparing for and meeting a section(s) of students each week
  • Attending any meetings called by the instructor
  • Holding office hours
  • Grading exams
  • and sometimes grading homework
Full time employment is based on a 40-hour work week: a 25% GSI is assumed to be putting in 10 hours per week; a 50% GSI, 20 hours per week, which is the maximum the University allows.
Traditionally, Biostatistics GSIs participate in PH 142 and PH 145, large courses involving elementary statistical methods. Two more advanced courses involving GSIs are PH 241 and PH 245. These courses have laboratory and/or problem-solving sessions which are by-and-large designed and taught by the GSI.